Valerie Vee Osterholm|
Aug. 4, 1934-Jan. 30, 2013
Resident of Walnut Creek
Valerie Vee Osterholm passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning. She is much loved and will be remembered by the friends and family she leaves behind.
Valerie Osterholm (nee Gilman) was born in Montana. After spending her childhood in Missoula, Valerie attended Montana State University where she met the love of her life, Ronald Osterholm. Valerie and Ronald quickly took to each other; she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, and he was a Sigma Nu. They married in 1954, however Ronald served in Korea for their first two years of marriage while Valerie settled their growing family in Missoula.
In 1968, Ronald and Valerie moved out west to Walnut Creek. They quickly reconnected with old friends and the much-loved "Montana Group" continued to expand. Ronald and Valerie's home was always open; they were known for their fantastic poolside parties.
Valerie was a loving wife: Ronald's shirts were always freshly pressed, and she prided herself in never serving leftovers for dinner. Being a homemaker was her favorite job, but she also worked for the Contra Costa Times circulation department for several years. Valerie was the kind mentor, yet tough boss to dozens of the neighborhood's delivery boys.
After she and Ronald retired, they moved to Rossmoor. During retirement, Valerie was able to devote her time to what was most important to her: spending good time with good friends. Her regular activities included a long-standing "lunch bunch" and lots of bridge. She was also the Membership Director for several years for the Rossmoor Italian American Club, and was a usual, lively fixture at their events.
Valerie is survived by her devoted daughters and son-in laws: Lori and Chris Kondo of Laguna Beach, and Lisa and Tom Gill of Pleasanton. She is also survived by her four granddaughters Jennifer, Marina, Chelsea, and Laura; who will miss her deeply.
A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to
on Valerie's behalf.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 17, 2013